Upstanding Neighbourhoods for Communities

Who is it for?

  • For individuals and groups who are active citizens or wish to become active in their own communities and online;
  • For statutory providers (Youth service, criminal justice, elected members, police, neighbourhood officers, community development workers etc) with an interest in increasing their ability to engage with beneficiary communities;
  • For the voluntary and community and faith sector.

What is available?

  • A structured 15 hour interactive safeguarding training program delivered at community venues by a range of speakers, subject specialists and activists from across the UK
  • A members only online communications portal for sharing good practice and knowledge transfer
  • A confidential mentoring referral programme for vulnerable individuals.

What are the safeguarding subject areas?

  • Grievances and ideology – An introductory module outlining common grievances and ideology amongst vulnerable communities and individuals.
  • Safeguarding children & young people online – A master class in Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and other social media applications. Understand the impact of the media on impressionable minds
  • Legislation – A ‘safe space’ discussion with local PREVENT police and legal practitioners. ‘Know your Rights’ advice for young people taking part in protests and demonstrations
  • From Soho Rd to Syria – An opportunity to understand ideological grievance-led radicalisation with returnees from conflict zones
  • Mentoring vulnerable individuals - An interactive module that includes role playing and developing a toolkit for engaging with vulnerable individuals
  • Online counter messaging – A multimedia workshop aimed at improving access to technology for community activists
  • Grooming and child sexual exploitation – An awareness raising seminar for parents, community leaders, activists and faith leaders
  • Substance misuse & gang culture – An informative workshop up skilling families and communities in understanding the signs and symptoms of drug use and cross vulnerabilities
  • Extremist ideologies unpicked – An in depth examination of the range and scope of existing religious ideology. To consider the 3 primary arguments for the justification of religiously motivated extremism
  • Managing difficult conversations in schools – A module developed in response to concerns by academic staff over recent negative media scrutiny and the impact of international conflicts in the classroom
  • Conspiracy theories – Examination of the range and scope of conspiracy theories amongst vulnerable individuals and their impact upon existing risks
  • Far right extremist ideology - An insight into reciprocal radicalisation focusing upon the prevalence of groups such as Islam4Uk and the English Defence League/Britain First

Group Action Planning:

An opportunity to discuss how to put the training into action. Sharing of resources, toolkits and other knowledge exchange activities across sectors. Local authorities and statutory providers to incorporate group action plan into local delivery.

Safe Spaces Debate:

A facilitated Question Time style debate with young people and vulnerable individuals. A confidential discussion about difficult issues around local grievances.

One to One Mentoring:

Independent and impartial 1-1 mentoring of vulnerable individuals displaying at risk behaviours. Group mentoring available. Referrals taken directly and in confidence.